The Chinese have long been using green tea to treat depression, but it might come as a surprise that green tea can also treat anxiety. Green tea comes with L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and relaxes your mind and body. When going out to dinner, try swapping your water for a glass of green tea. You can also purchase green tea extract or L-theanine supplements.

Green tea seems to be the main source for L-theanine, but some people don't like the taste. If you prefer not to drink green tea, try eating one of these L-theanine rich foods:

1. Nuts

2. Whole Grains

3. Broccoli

The calming effects of L-theanine have been scientifically tested and results show that the amino acid reduces blood pressure and muscle tension. Now that you know where you can get your daily does of this super nutrient, it's on to the next.

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Updated: October 23, 2015